Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lead Zookeeper - Calgary Zoo

Lead Zookeeper

Reference # 112813

Business Unit/Division: Civic Partners/The Calgary Zoo

Location: 1300 Zoo Road N.E.

Union/Position: CUPE Local 37/Permanent #00044423, #00044464 and #00044445

Compensation: Lead Zoo/Elephant Keeper
$24.51 - 27.58 - 30.63 per hour (currently under review)

Hours of Work: This position works a standard 38 hour work week with shared weekend and evening work.

Business Unit Information
The Calgary Zoological Society is committed to excellence in animal stewardship and conservation leadership. Our staff and volunteers are what make us a success in these activities and keep us focused on our commitment to engage visitors in enjoyable and unique experiences, connect our community with nature, and inspire actions which support conservation.

Reporting to the Area Manager/Curator for the area, this position is responsible for providing day-to-day care for the animals in the collection, maintaining the holdings and displays for these animals, presenting educational keeper talks and demonstrations for the public, answering queries of a general nature when asked by visitors and giving guidance and direction to other staff assigned to the area.

Primary responsibilities also include:
- feed and care for all animals within an assigned section of the zoo;
- report dietary problems, initiate changes in diet composition or presentation, transfer animals between sections, or to the hospital, or in and out of the zoo and detect deviations in the animal's normal physical or psychological behaviour;
- assist the Area Manager/Curator and Veterinary staff in all aspects of animal treatment within the section and maintain the exhibits and holding areas in a proper state of cleanliness and order;
- assist the Emergency Response team in animal events;
- establish a thorough written routine for assigned areas;
- maintain a behavioural husbandry program for assigned areas;
- give direction/guidance to keepers through leading, training and developing staff;
- represent the Area Manager/Curator in their absence.

The successful applicant(s) will have completed a four year related training program (e.g. The Calgary Zoo Apprenticeship program or an equivalency). In addition, applicant(s) must have seven years zookeeping experience working in a major zoological collection. A valid Class 5 Driver's Licence (or provincial equivalent) with no more than six demerits, no current suspensions or charges pending is required. The successful applicant(s) must meet this position's medical standard including required vaccinations and negative TB exposure with regular monitoring. Experience working with cold weather penguins would be considered an asset.

A demonstrated interest in working with, and continuous learning of proper animal husbandry and awareness of animal welfare and conservation is essential. Success in this position requires strong customer service, teamwork, and functional/technical skills. Advanced leadership skills to develop peer relations, while maintaining integrity and trust in meeting organizational goals are paramount.

Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications. Only education obtained from an accredited institution will be recognized as meeting the minimum qualifications. More than one position will be filled from this competition. Only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone inquiries please.

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